LexJet Reviews: Photography Essentials

Whether it’s weddings or the holidays, photographers need to have the right products and the right support when busy season hits. In this edition of LexJet Reviews, C.J. Forker is here to discuss a few of the Photographer Essentials available from LexJet.

From printers to media to customer service, tune in to hear C.J. discuss:

Sunset Select Matte Canvas – The bright-white, matte-coated surface of this poly-cotton blend canvas provides a wide color gamut and, maybe more importantly, color consistency. The Oxford 2 over 1 weave is ideal for photo and art reproduction, but it’s also a good solution for home décor, indoor signage, and gallery wraps. Sunset Select Matte Canvas works with both dye and pigment inks and is compatible with current and legacy-model printers from Canon, Epson, HP, and more.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4100 Printer–When it comes to investing in a printer, research is important. So is hearing from those who are using the same equipment you’re considering. Professional photographers Joel Grimes and Jeff Bowman offer their take on why they print their work on the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4100. The printer comes with a full set of 11 inks plus an optimizer and professional print and layout software. It also features automatic paper loading. Just drop your roll of media in and the printer automatically feeds the paper, eliminating fingerprints and smudges.

LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper – Premium Archival Matte Paper is a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art, photo reproduction, and open-edition décor. This paper provides accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavyweight, thick base, and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging. From fine art to wildlife, this is the perfect addition to any photographer’s media arsenal.

LexJet Customer Service – LexJet has been serving print service providers for more than 25 years, teaming with some of the biggest names in the printing industry. But, it’s LexJet’s excellent customer service that truly matters to its clients. From critical attention to detail to technical expertise, no matter what questions you might have, LexJet customer service is unmatched. Professional photographers Dennis and Cheri Hammon have been LexJet customers for years and say they couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.

Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g –Sunset Photo eSatin is a premium-quality, resin-coated photo paper that has professional photographers raving. They say it’s thicker, heavier, and more durable than mass-market inkjet photo papers. The slightly textured finish doesn’t show fingerprints or reflect glare and it is reminiscent of darkroom printing. The wider color gamut and an improved white point mean colors are brighter, skin tones are more realistic, and landscapes are more detailed.

To learn more about Photographer’ Essentials, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

3 Ways to Create Statement Art with Your Images

Looking for new ways to add creativity to your printed images? You can create one-of-a-kind pieces of art with a few creative choices. If you are using an aqueous printer, here are three tips to delight your clients and finish your photos with flare:

GIVE THEM AN EDGE. Three-time Sunset Print Award winner Kimberly Smith loves the Sunset Bright Velvet Rag, which she uses to distress the edges of some of her fine art prints. “The thickness [of the paper] means the tears on the edges are perfect for a soft, multi-layered look,” she says.

WRAP IT UP. Another way to impress clients is to turn their photos into wall art. Printing on Sunset Select Matte Canvas and wrapping it with the easy-to-use GOframe system creates a final image that is worthy of hanging in any museum.

ADD SOME SHINE. To bring a little extra shine to your images, try printing on Sunset Photo Metallic Paper. Aluminum prints are increasing in popularity, but if you don’t have access to dye-sub equipment, you can get a similar effect with the metallic photo paper. It’s a cost-effect alternative solution that is compatible with aqueous printers. The metallic paper can also be printed and face-mounted to acrylic, using a clear permanent adhesive, to create a unique piece of statement art.

If you are looking for new opportunities with your clients, contact a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538.

From Custom Décor to High-volume Art, Canvas Adds Style

Including canvas wraps in any décor plan is an effective way to add a touch of style to every space, from the bedroom to the boardroom. Families want portraits in their homes while hoteliers want to brighten their lobbies, and print service providers can offer their customers many different solutions to create the perfect piece of art. Check out these three ways to include canvas printing in your product offering:

Specialty Canvas – Earlier this year, Fredrix unveiled Metallic Pearl and Metallic Gold canvases, which give photographers the opportunity to create glamorous portraits for weddings and engagements or eye-catching artistic photography prints. Fredrix Metallic Pearl Canvas adds a beautiful, ethereal, shimmering quality that will delight even the hardest-to-please bride. Fredrix Metallic Gold, a 2019 SGIA Product of the Year for Media – Textile – Canvas, offers an elegant gold finish that is perfect for high-end retail art, especially when printing with black ink. Both the Pearl and Gold are compatible with solvent, latex and UV-curable printers.

Work Space Canvas – Studies have found that art in the workplace can boost productivity, reduce stress and increase communication, so corporations are including art to enhance the employee experience. Working with local businesses and hospitality groups to design and create art that fosters creativity in the workplace and tells the story of the company culture and values. Fredrix offers a variety of aqueous and latex/solvent/UV-curable canvas products that are perfect for outfitting art-inspired work spaces.

Inkjet Canvas Decor by MyPix2

Custom Canvas –Photographers and PSPs printing with aqueous technology, can offer gallery wraps in portrait and photo packages, providing customers the opportunity to turn their family photos into art. Sunset Production Matte Canvas is a 100% polyester canvas that provides the look of cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave that delivers a consistent, repeatable print solution. Sunset Select Matte Canvas is a poly/cotton blend that meets the demand for a wide variety of art-reproduction and photo printing requirements. Use GOframe stretcher bars give the finished gallery wrap appearance.

To learn more ways to include canvas printing in your portfolio, contact a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

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The Go-to Choice for Consistent Canvas Production

As you head into the busiest season for canvas production, you need a canvas product that you can rely on for consistent results and reliable output, print after print. For nearly 10 years, award-winning LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas has been a top seller to busy print shops like yours.

With a smooth, matte-coated surface, this poly-cotton blend is ideal for fine art and photographic reproduction, delivering exceptional color and detail. Plus, it’s lightweight, making it easier to stretch for gallery wraps. It’s the canvas of choice for David Little II of IGLIVISION in Loveland, Colo., who creates and wraps canvas photo and art prints (pictured).

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Watch the video above to learn more about LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas, and stock up before the holiday rush hits!

Photos: David Little II

Shop the LexJet Memorial Day Sale

Today through Monday, May 29, take 30% off MSRP select LexJet products. During our Memorial Day Sale, you can save on a variety of our best-selling products for canvas, outdoor signage, photo reproduction, coating and more!

Click the product links below to learn more about these products and start saving now:

Aqueous

Solvent/Latex

Coating

You can shop all weekend and into the Memorial Day holiday, or call your LexJet rep today to learn more at 800-453-9538.

All New Fire Ratings for LexJet Media

From canvas and backlit film to wall murals and laminates, LexJet media have received fire ratings adding yet another benefit to these versatile wide-format products.

Sunset Production Satin Canvas SUV received a Class A fire rating. This 100% polyester canvas is OBA-free and delivers a high-end feel and traditional canvas texture. Compatible with eco-solvent, latex, solvent and UV-curable inks, this US-made canvas is ideal for canvas wraps.

Sunset Select Matte Canvas received a Class B fire rating. A best-selling canvas option, SSMC is an award-winning, poly-cotton blend with a consistently wide color gamut.